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Maroons hopefuls to be banned from 2016 Origin series after breaking curfew at team camp

Queensland Rugby League has confirmed two players will not be considered for selection this year after breaking curfew at the Emerging Origin squad camp.

QRL boss Peter Betros said the unnamed duo would be blacklisted for 12 months, just like Dane Gagai, who committed a similar offence in 2014.

The Emerging Origin squad camp featuring 20 players was held in Brisbane last weekend.

It was new Queensland coach Kevin Walters' first chance to assess the Maroons' depth before the 2016 series.

Gagai was not considered for 2014 Origin selection after he missed a training session while at the Emerging Origin camp two years ago.

Betros said the duo who breached the curfew would suffer the same fate.

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"The Queensland Rugby League won't be selecting them for anything for 12 months," Betros said. "It's a massive setback for those players. It's the only way they will learn."

Betros said it was the worst possible first impression they could have made with new Maroons mentor Walters.

"Kevin is very disappointed in them," he said.

"He is strong on discipline. He feels those players don't want to buy into what he is doing with Queensland. They can go back to club land."

Betros said it remained to be seen whether the players could reverse their fortunes the way Gagai did.

Gagai's 2014 training camp indiscretion allowed Melbourne's Will Chambers to leapfrog him on the Queensland backline pecking order.

However, Gagai finally made his Origin debut on the wing in game three in 2015 after showing good form and an even better attitude at NRL club Newcastle.

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